Sunday (15th) was a busy day for Maryland Wheelers.  Most members of the club were involved in the annual reliability trial that is organized by the club.  A sportive-type event, this road run traditionally marks the end of the early season training for cyclists around Ulster, with racing starting next week.  Following a 75 mile course from Lisburn, Banbridge, Castlewellan, Newcastle, Downpatrick, Killeagh, Saintfield and back home, this course represents the last chance for riders to see if they and their bikes are reliable enough for the upcoming racing season.  Almost 100 riders attended the trial, and spurred on by the good weather it was an successful event.

 

Whilst most of the club were involved in either riding or organizing the reliability run, the father and son team of David and Curtis McKee entered the first round of the McConvey’s spring league of mountainbike racing at Ormeau Park, Belfast.  Young Curtis came second in the under 8 race on a course that was in good condition with fast single track & tricky technical sections complemented with mucky hilly switchbacks. However, this impressive result only tells a part of the story as he and eventual winner Harry Hobbs of VC Glendale, battled for the top two places over the course of the race, captivating spectators as both riders suffered mishaps but forced each other right to the end, finishing just seconds apart.  David then raced in the senior A1-A3 race, finishing an excellent 12th in this high quality field of almost 40 riders.

 

During the next couple of weeks, both road and mountainbike racers will be in action in races at Banbridge and Nutts corner. 

 

Young Curtis McKee pictured here giving it his all. Photo courtesy of Toby Watson

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